Yankees, Kelly Johnson agree to deal
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The Yankees and free-agent second baseman Kelly Johnson
have agreed on a deal
, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports. The one-year deal is believed to worth about $3 million.
Johnson hit .235/.305/.410 in 366 at-bats last season.
Report: Athletics acquire Jim Johnson for Jemile Weeks
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The Orioles finally found a buyer for closer Jim Johnson
prior to Monday's non-tender deadline, as FOXSports.com reports Johnson has been traded
to the Athletics for infielder Jemile Weeks
. Johnson is projected to earn at least $10 million in arbitration, after making $6.5 million last season while posting a 2.94 ERA and his second 50-save season in a row in 2013.
Weeks is a former first-round pick who has failed to live up to expectations in parts of three seasons in the majors. He appeared in just eight games for the Athletics last season, and has a career .258/.319/.357 line in 859 at-bats.
Royals infielder Emilio Bonifacio
has drawn "steady interest"
from other teams as a trade target, the Kansas City Star
Bonifacio, who is eligible for arbitration this offseason, hit .243/.295/.331 with three home runs, 31 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 420 at-bats between the Blue Jays and Royals last season, performing far better at the plate in his time with the Royals.
Jose Altuve to skip winter ball
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The Houston Chronicle
reports that Astros second baseman Jose Altuve will not play in the Venezuelan Winter League
this season. Altuve had been on the roster for Magallanes, but he decided he will come back to Houston to prepare for next season.
In his third season with the Astros, Altuve hit .283 with 35 stolen bases.
Orioles plug in Cord Phelps
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The Orioles claimed infielder Cord Phelps
off waivers from the Indians on Monday.
Phelps played in only four games with the Indians in 2013, but over three seasons with the club, he batted .159 with two home runs in 113 at-bats.
Rays add four to 40-man roster, sign seven minor leaguers
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The Rays added infielder Vince Belnome
and pitchers Jesse Hahn
, C.J. Riefenhauser
and Kirby Yates
to the 40-man roster Wednesday, while also signing catcher Mayo Acosta
and pitchers Mike Colla, Mark Lowe
, Victor Mateo
, Eduardo Quinonez, Sam Runion
and Albert Suarez to minor-league contracts.
Belnome hit .300/.408/.446 with eight home runs and 67 RBI in 444 at-bats with Triple-A Durham. Hahn went 2-1 with a 2.15 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 63:18 K:BB ratio in 67 innings over 19 starts with high Class A Charlotte.
Riefenhauser went 6-1 with a 1.22 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 70:19 K:BB ratio in 73 2/3 innings between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. Yates went 3-2 with a 1.90 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 93:23 K:BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings with Triple-A Durham.
White Sox claim Jake Elmore, add two to 40-man roster
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The White Sox claimed infielder Jake Elmore
off waivers and added infielder Carlos Sanchez
and outfielder Trayce Thompson
to the 40-man roster Wednesday.
Elmore hit .242/.313/.325 with two home runs and six RBI in 120 at-bats with the Astros last season. Sanchez hit .241/.293/.296 with 28 RBI and 16 steals in 432 at-bats with Triple-A Charlotte. Thompson hit .229/.321/.383 with 15 home runs, 73 RBI and 25 stolen baes in 507 at-bats with Double-A Birmingham.
Tigers may let Hernan Perez start
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With the Tigers unlikely to re-sign second baseman Omar Infante, the team is expected to give Hernan Perez
a chance to take over the keystone position, according to the Detroit Free Press
Perez started 16 games at second base in 2013, and in 34 games overall, he hit .197 and scored 13 runs.
Dustin Pedroia undergoes thumb surgery
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According to the Boston Globe
, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia
had surgery on his left thumb Wednesday. Though there had been concerns that he may have required a complicated procedure, Pedroia had a more straightforward procedure with a shorter recovery time.
Pedroia is expected to be ready for the beginning of spring training.
Mark DeRosa announces retirement
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Blue Jays infielder Mark DeRosa
has announced his retirement, according to MLB.com.
The team picked up DeRosa's 2014 option in late October. He would have earned $750,000 if he had returned. DeRosa hit .235/.326/.407 in 204 at-bats.